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Canon PowerShot A630

We have collected and analyzed 25 expert reviews and 425 user reviews from international sources. Experts rate this product 77/100 and users rate it 85/100. The average review date is Mar 18, 2008. We have compared these reviews to 1148922 reviews from other Digital Cameras. The alaScore™ for this product is 87/100 = Very good. Last update: Dec 18, 2018.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 113 user reviews of Canon PowerShot A630 from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on People are impressed by the durability and image quality. The battery and usability are also appreciated, but there are some critical views about the portability.

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88% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Dec, 2018

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Expert review by : Terry Sullivan (

Canon Powershot A630


This slightly pricey, 8-megapixel compact isn't super-trim and sexy, but it works very well in lots of situations. The PowerShot A630 packs an amazing array of useful features and is incredibly simple to operate. Despite the cost, there is plenty to love.

Big, bright articulating 2.5-inch LCD. Easy-to-use manual controls. Direct-vision viewfinder. 4X optical zoom. Lots of manual controls.

A little pricey for a compact. Video could be smoother. Slightly bulky.

The 8MP Canon PowerShot A630 may be a bit bulky for a compact camera, but the great physical controls and easy-to-use features will appeal to those who appreciate a variety of settings to capture their photos.

Oct, 2006

Expert review by : Will Greenwald (

Canon PowerShot A630 review


An 8-megapixel version of the 10-megapixel PowerShot A640 , the Canon PowerShot A630 is otherwise identical to its higher-resolution sibling. Both share the same sturdy, chunky body; 35mm-to-140mm-equivalent lens with accessory lens mount; and broad...

Lots of manual controls; flip-out LCD; accessory lenses are available.

Noisy at ISO 800; no image stabilization.

Though it's not a great choice for low-light shooting, the Canon PowerShot A630 is a solid, feature-rich digital camera.

Sep, 2006

Expert review by : Steve's Digicams (

Canon Powershot A630


Continue on to Features & Controls Powershot A630 Specifications Image Capture Device Type 8.0 Megapixel, 1/1.8 inch type Charge Coupled Device (CCD) Total Pixels Approx. 8.30 Megapixels Effective Pixels Approx. 8.0 Megapixels Lens Focal Length...

Sep, 2006

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Canon PowerShot A630 Digital Camera - Hands-On Preview


The Canon PowerShot A630 couples an 8.0-megapixel CCD imaging sensor with a 4x optical zoom lens that offers a 35mm-equivalent focal range of 35-140mm, a moderate wide-angle to a somewhat more generous telephoto than you'll find on most compact...

Excellent value for the money ; Bright, attractive color that stops short of seeming overdone ; Good skin tones ; Auto white balance handles a wide range of lighting well ; Better than average exposure accuracy ; Good lens, generally low distortion and...

Inaccurate optical viewfinder, Too many manuals to find what you need when you need it, Auto rotation not recognized by many other standard applications

Nov, 2006

Expert review by : Jeff Keller (

Canon PowerShot A630/A640


The PowerShot A630 and A640 are two lower priced cameras that offer the manual controls and expandability usually reserved for more expensive cameras. Both cameras feature 4X zoom lens, a rotating 2.5" LCD display, a VGA movie mode, and unlimited...

Very good photo quality, noise levels stay low through ISO 200; ISO 400 still usable too, especially on the A640 ; A bit more zoom than your typical camera in this price range ; Large 2.5" LCD can flip out and rotate; screen is visible in low light ;...

Redeye a problem ; LCD resolution isn't great ; Current zoom setting not shown on LCD ; Can only record about 8 minutes of VGA video due to 1GB file size limit ; Plastic tripod mount; can't swap memory cards while camera is on tripod ; Included memory...

The Canon PowerShot A630 and A640 are two very capable digital cameras that are suitable to beginners and advanced users alike. They offer far more than most cameras in this price range, which is why they earn my enthusiastic recommendation. I would...

Dec, 2007

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Canon PowerShot A630 and A640 Digital Camera Review


Their design of these 2 digital cameras is user friendly and well-built, the pictures are great, and they're easy to shoot. Comparing to A530 and A540, A630 and A640 equips with Vari-angle 2.5 inch LCD screen that flips outward and rotates which allows...

Feb, 2007

Expert review by : Brad Soo (

Canon PowerShot A630


Canon's latest full-featured camera is here with the A630. The A630 along with the higher resolution A640 are updates to 2005's well received A610/A620. These two new cameras offer more resolution, a larger 2.5 inch LCD, higher sensitivities and the...

Excellent value for money ; Long battery life with rechargeable batteries ; Good ergonomics; custom option on mode dial ; Large rotating LCD with good visibility ; Full manual controls ; Unlimited continuous shooting and great movie mode ; Fast...

Low LCD resolution ; No live histogram and plastic tripod mount ; No movie focus or optical zoom, limited to 1 GB (about 8 minutes) per clip ; Larger memory card and rechargeable batteries not included

The Canon PowerShot A630 is a mid-sized camera which features 8 megapixels, a rotating 2.5 inch LCD and full manual controls. The A630 has great battery life, a nice grip with easy one hand operation, very good performance and even a custom option on...

Dec, 2006

Expert review by : Cybernium (

Canon Powershot A630 Review


Canon has done well with the Powershot A630. This compact digital camera has a complete feature set including full-manual controls, manual focus and custon white-balance. The A630 handles well and produces rather images with nicely saturated colors,...

Nicely saturated colors, Good image sharpness, Very low noise up to ISO 100, Great exposure accuracy, Quick focus system, Minimal purple fringing

Noticeable vignetting, Noticeable barrel distortion at wide-angle, Very high noise at ISO 400 and up, Light corner softness, Too few zoom steps, Redeye problems

Nov, 2006

Expert review by : Ilse Jurrien (

Canon PowerShot A630


Canon's new PowerShot A630 compact digital camera combines functionality with photographic simplicity, all in a compact form factor that fits snugly in the hand. This 8 megapixel camera packs a high resolution punch to ensure that consumers' most...

Aug, 2006

Expert review by : Good Gear (

Expert Review


Another great advanced compact camera from Canon, the PowerShot A630 is a wonderful choice for those after a little more control and versatility. It offers great image quality and comes with plenty of useful features.

Sharp pictures, Brilliant colour capture, Lots of features

Some minor over-sharpening issues, Chunky design

Aug, 2008

Product Specifications


Built-in Microphone: Yes
Voice recording: Yes


Battery Technology:Alkaline
Battery Type:AA
Number of batteries supported:2


Photo effects:Neutral, Positive Film, Sepia, Vivid
Self-timer delay:2
Shooting modes:Auto, Manual, Movie


Color of product:Silver


Display Diagonal:2.5
Display resolution (numeric):115000


Built-in flash: Yes
Flash modes:Red-eye reduction
Flash range (wide):21.7 - 137.8
Flash working distance:0.55 - 3.5 m


Focus adjustment:Auto

Lens System

Digital Zoom:4
Focal length range (f-f):0.287 - 1.15
Optical Zoom:4

Light Exposure

ISO sensitivity:80, 100, 200, 400, 800, Auto
Light metering:Centre-weighted, Spot


Compatible memory cards:MMC, SD

Operational Conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):10 - 90
Operating relative humidity range:10 - 90
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 40

Other Features

Built-in flash: Yes
Camera shutter speed:15 – 1/2500
Compatible operating systems:Microsoft Windows 98\nMicrosoft Windows Me\nMicrosoft Windows 2000 SP4\nMicrosoft Windows XP\nApple Mac OS X v10.2 - 10.4
Digital SLR: No
Lens system:8 elements, 7 groups, 2 aspherical / 8/7 / 8/7/2 / 8@7
Metering:Evaluative, Centre-weighted Average, Spot
Video capability: Yes

Packaging Content

Bundled software:ZoomBrowser EX\nImageBrowser\nPhotoStitch / ZoomBrowser EX\nImageBrowser\nPhotoStitch\nDrivers

Picture Quality

Camera Type:Compact camera
Image sensor size:1/1.8
Maximum image resolution:3264 x 2448
Scan technology:CCD
Sensor Type:CCD

Ports & interfaces

DC-in jack: Yes
I/O ports:USB 2.0\nA/V (PAL/NTSC) / USB 2.0\nA/V out (PAL/NTSC)
PictBridge: Yes

System Requirements

Mac compatibility: Yes


Maximum video resolution:640 x 480
Motion JPEG frame rate:30
Video compression format:AVI / AVI, M-JPEG
Video formats supported:AVI / AVI,M-JPEG
Video Frame Rate:30
Video recording: Yes


Camera viewfinder:Optical
Viewfinder type:Optical

Weight & Dimensions

Width:4.29 / 4.31